The 2012 Winter X games are coming to a close as Sunday afternoon's finals in the men's Mono Skier X competition represented one of the few remaining events left in the annual affair for competitors to claim a gold medal. Canadian Samson Danniels, making his first-ever appearance, took full advantage of a solid opportunity as he'll be leaving Colo. with gold following a first place finish.
The 25-year-old Daniels was able to overcome a rather large obstacle -- he broke his own monoski earlier in the week -- but it wasn't the first obstacle he's had to overcome, according to his ESPN bio.
He became a paraplegic after a mountain bike accident at age 19 and is paralyzed from the armpits down. He makes up for his lesser range of motion with a custom seat that he built himself and plenty of competition smarts from his time on the Canadian national adaptive ski team.
So, yeah ... that's pretty amazing.
Video of the event is embedded below.
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